|Above the "official" Banksy NY t-shirt|
Banksy writes: "And that's it.
Thanks for your patience.
It's been fun. Save 5pointz. Bye"
Despite support from Banksy (see photo, right), arguably the most famous graffiti artist in the world, the artists of 5Pointz in New York City will be unable to stop property owner Jerry Wolkoff from demolishing the buildings to make way for the new high-rise towers he plans to build in place of 5Pointz. [IPKat assesses the arguments asserted by the artists and by Mr Wolkoff in the IPKat's earlier post on this case here.]
The judge initially granted the artists a ten day restraining order prohibiting Mr Wolkoff from demolishing 5Pointz while he considered the artists' request for a more permanent injunction. However, Judge Frederic Block of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, has now acknowledged that he will not grant a permanent injunction barring destruction of the property.
The New York Daily News reports that Judge Block bluntly stated, “I can’t grant the injunction,” adding, “I love the work and it’s going to tear my heart out to see it torn down, but as a judge I have to apply the law.”
|Photo by this Kat in 2010|
|Photo taken by this Kat in 2013|
Given the significance of this case, this Kat expects that VARA will no longer be considered an obscure, mysterious law - and that property owners will no longer incorporate works of art into their properties until the artists sign VARA waivers.